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Health Therapy (minor)

At SJC, our Health Therapy minor is specifically designed for students who are majoring in Biology with a Physical Therapy Track. The 18-credit hour program offers students insight into the statistical, sociological, and psychological aspects of physical therapy.



Only available as a minor

Why Health Therapy?

  • 1Minoring in Health Therapy is particularly helpful for students interested in physical or occupational therapy.  
  • 2According to the United States Department of Labor, the need for physical therapists is expected to increase by 39% by 2020.
  • 3In January of 2013, US News & World Report ranked Physical Therapy as the fifth "Best Healthcare Job" and as eighth out of "The Best 100 Jobs."

Careers in Health Therapy

  • Physical Therapist
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Recreational Therapist

Alumni Graduate Schools

  • Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University
  • Indiana University
  • Purdue University

Why Study Health Therapy at Saint Joseph's College?


At SJC, we offer a Biology major with a track in Physical Therapy. While the major exposes students who are interested in physical or occupational therapy to the science and practices behind the major, Health Therapy exposes students to the statistical, psychological, and sociological aspects of Physical Therapy.

Hands-on Experience

Most physical therapy schools want student to have a significant amount of physical therapy experience upon entering graduate school. As a result, SJC strives to help Health Therapy students gain field experience through institutions like the Franciscan Health - Rensselaer Physical Therapy Department. 

Dedication to Excellence

SJC’s Health Therapy minor was specifically created to help students fulfill prerequisite requirements for graduate school. Prerequisite requirements vary from graduate school to graduate school. In order to save students who wish to be physical therapists both time and money, the SJC Health Therapy minor allows students to tailor their studies in accordance to the graduate school of their choice’s requirements. Thus, students are ready to enter physical therapy school immediately after graduation.

Faculty and Class Size

The Department of Biology at SJC consists of faculty who hold doctoral degrees in their fields of expertise, have published research articles across the country, and have been called as expert witnesses in federal court cases. The average Biology class size at SJC varies; introductory classes and labs have about 30 students, while concentration classes can range in size between 6 and 16 students.

Mike Fauser '14

Mike Fauser '14

Major: Biology

Minors: Health Therapy and Athletic Training 


"The SJC faculty and my summer internship gave me a great advantage for my major, future career, and for applying to grad schools."

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    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

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    High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.


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    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

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